How to Make Pinch Pleat Curtains Using Buckram

These highly decorative headings called pinch pleats are a fantastic way of adding character to regular curtains. Learn how to make pinch pleat curtains using buckram and give your drapes a smart and elegant finish.


There are many ways to make pinch pleat effects, including buckram. All you need is to measure the fabric hem and cut a piece of single-sided buckram. Place it sticky side down on the fabric and iron it in place before sewing the curtain.

You can choose from a variety of pleats and different methods to achieve them. However, if you are familiar with curtain pleating, learning how to make pinch pleat curtains should be a challenging way to help you improve your skills. 


how to make pinch pleat curtains using buckram

Step 1: Prepare the fabric.

Take your curtain and lay it down on your workspace with the right side facing down. Use your hands or a cool iron to smooth out the layers. Working with a completely flat curtain fabric will make it a lot easier. 


Get your measuring tape and pencil. You may start measuring from the bottom of the fabric’s top hem and divide it into four equal parts along the width. Mark the four placements using your pencil and draw a line to connect them. 


Step 3: Add your buckram

Using your single-sided fusible buckram, cut a piece so that it is twenty centimeters longer than the width of each panel. Place it over the line with the sticky side down the fabric. Make sure that ten centimeters are sticking out on either side of the panel.


Hold the protruding strip of buckram, fold each end. The finishing length should be about a half-centimeter in from the fabric panel’s edge. Repeat for all the panels and fold the curtain fabric down from the top to conceal the buckram. 


Step 4: Secure the buckram.

Now that you have folded the fabric, you can use sewing pins to hold it in place. Make sure that you create a neat and straight fold. Conceal the buckram completely before securing the fabric. Iron the fold and tuck in any excess material under the bottom of the buckram. Pin those extra pieces in place. 


Don’t take out your pins even after you have ironed the fabric. You will still need them for this part. Get your needle and thread because we are about to do some stitching!


Use a slip stitch and run it along the bottom part of the fabric concealing the buckram. Don’t push the needle all the way through the facing side of the curtain. Make sure that the thread goes over the back fabric and buckram only. Close the ends by using a ladder stitch.


Step 5: Calculate your pleats.

Determine the pleat sizes and spacing. In this step, you need to know two things: the curtain’s finished width and the curtain panel’s width, which we will use to form the pleats. From there, we can determine the width of your return and leading edge. 


The recommended length for both return and leading edges is eight centimeters, but you can decide if you want bigger or smaller pleats. Subtract the finished curtain width from the panel width. This will help you determine the available fabric to form the pleats.


Count how many pleats you can form from the available fabric and the pleat lengths. Try six pleats for 1.9 to 2.2 fullness ratio and twelve pleats for 1.5 fullness ratio. The resulting pleat size will give you around ten to thirteen centimeters. You can vary the size depending on the number of folds you want to form.


Step 6: Forming pleats

Now that we have the measurements needed, flip your curtain so that the right side is facing up. Mark the pleat placements along the top of the curtain using a pin. Use a vanishing marker to draw a vertical line from each pin to the buckram’s bottom edge. The line will serve as the edge for each pleat.


Remove your pins and pinch the back of each pleat while using the lines as your guide. Run it under your sewing machine to stitch the pleats in place, traveling down the line to the bottom edge of the buckram. 


Step 7: Pinch pleats

Lay your curtain again with the right side up and hold the pleat flaps up. Using your hand or finger, push the center of the pleat flap so that it touches the stitched line at the back. That should give you two pleats to spread outward instead of the initial single pleat. 


Press these two flaps together and pinch the bottom of the buckram or pleat. Run it under a machine again to sew the new pinch pleat in place under the buckram. Go to the top of the original crease and stitch the center pushed down to the back. Do the same for all pleats.


Pinch pleats

I know you might be thinking that curtains already look amazing without any elegant pleating. But sooner or later, you might look for a different aesthetic, and creating graceful folds at the top of the fabric is one sure way to spruce it up. 


For this DIY project, you may need more than basic sewing, cutting, and measuring skills. It is a lengthy procedure but overall, learning how to make pinch pleats using buckram is a fun and challenging feat. 


Washing 100 polyester curtains

Washing 100 Polyester Curtains: A Step by Step Guide

Washing 100 polyester curtains may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. There are many things you can do to make the process easier, and this article will discuss them all.

This article will also include step-by-step instructions on how to wash 100 polyesters in one go. Let’s dive right in!


Step by Step Instructions on How to Wash 100 Polyester Curtain

Step #1. Sort curtains by size and color.

Step #2. Use the “large load” setting on your washing machine, which is typically set to about 60 degrees Celsius or 140 Fahrenheit.

Step #3. Run a cold water rinse before adding clothes (not necessary for machines with an agitator).

Step #4. Add detergent according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step #5. Add a small amount of fabric softener, if desired.

Step #6. Start washing! Remember to check the machine periodically so that you can add more water and detergent as needed (especially when loading large items).


Things to consider before washing 100 Polyester Curtains

Tip 1. Look at the fabric care label on your curtains to verify that they are machine washable.

Tip 2. If you have a high-efficiency washer, it is best to use cold water for this type of load. This will prevent overdrying and fading.

Tip 3. It’s important to sort these items by size and color so there are no dye errors, which can lead to bleeding.

Tip 4. If you are washing curtains with metal grommets, make sure to check the grommet size before loading them into your machine. You may need to remove them if they will not fit through a small opening or if they have sharp edges that could cause damage during the wash and dry cycles.

Tip 5. Use a gentle or delicate detergent, such as Woolite, to ensure that your curtains will be clean and soft.

Tip 6. Set the machine on its longest wash cycle to save energy and time. This might mean you have more items per load than usual so it is best to do this in batches of about 30 pieces each.

Tip 7. Wash curtains on a gentle cycle with warm water and dry them in low heat. Avoid high heat because it accelerates the fading process, which can cause your items to turn an unwanted shade of yellow or brown.

Tip 8. Look for small holes before drying as some detergents might clog these areas when they are wet.


Can I Iron my 100 Polyester Curtains?

No, ironing your curtains can make them brittle and it is less effective to remove wrinkles. The best way to remove wrinkles in polyester curtains is by hanging the curtain on a clothesline or drying rack with heavyweights at the bottom for about an hour. This will allow gravity to work its magic!


Can I Dye My 100 Polyester Curtains?

No, when you dye polyester curtains they lose their color and quality over time.


When to Dye 100 Polyester Curtains??

If you need to change the color of your curtains, try washing them before dyeing.


When to wash my 100 Polyester Curtains?

It depends on how often you use your curtains. If they are used every day, the best time to wash them is in cold water and dry on a clothesline so that they can be hung flat.

If not washed daily, the best way to clean them would be with an environmentally friendly detergent and warm water as well as tumble drying them on a low or gentle cycle to avoid any shrinking.


How many times should I wash 100 Polyester Curtains?

It is recommended that polyester curtains be washed at least three times per year, especially when used every day. This will help prevent the growth of mildew and keep them looking their best!


Can I Dry 100 Polyester Curtains in the Dryer?

If you dry your 100 polymer curtains in a machine, it can cause them to shrink. As with any item of clothing, avoid drying on high heat and always unplug when finished.

If this is not possible, add an extra 15 minutes onto the time for each cycle that they are in the dryer.


Can Dry clean polyester curtains?

Polyester curtains can be dry-cleaned, but it is not recommended. Dry cleaning a 100 polymer curtain removes the dirt and stains from them but also deteriorates their quality over time.

Additionally, you cannot spot clean your polymer curtains with water unless they are made of a different material altogether like cotton or silk. This is because the water will leave spots on your curtain even after it dries.


How much is 100 Polyester Curtain?

Polyester curtains can range in price from $30 to $300 depending on the quality of material and how many panels are needed. Polyester is a cheaper fabric than silk, for example.
The average cost per panel is around $15-$25.


What’s better? Polyesters or Silk Curtains?

While polyester curtains are cheaper than silk curtains, they are not as luxurious. Polyester is a synthetic fabric and many people don’t like the shiny appearance it gives to their home.
Additionally, while polyesters are cheaper than silk curtains, they’re not always very durable so you may have to replace them more often for your room(s) to continue looking great.

Is Polyester Curtains Fire Resistant?

Unfortunately, polyesters are not fire-resistant which means they will melt if exposed to high temperatures and/or flames. If you’re looking for curtains that can withstand extreme heat then we suggest going with a different fabric such as cotton or silk.

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